What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Goodreads

I took up running in the last six months as part of a physical requirement of a test I was taking. The process was long and slow, but my aim was a slow and steady pace of 5 or 6 miles per hour, or 10-12 minute mile.

I had this book in possession for a while. You’ll be surprised that I never read any of Mr. Murakami’s famous books such as Norwegian Wood or 1Q84. I wanted to read a book about running, and was surprised that Mr. Murakami wrote one. His writing is warm, funny, and makes me feel that we are not that different as runners: the struggles, meditation, the journey. I highly recommend this to all runners.

Introverted Boss

Introverted Boss
KoreanDrama.org

(Edit: WordPress informed me that this is the 100th post. Yay!)

Introvert comes from Latin intro-, “inward,” and vertere, “turning.” It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. – Vocabulary.com

In my mind, introverted is quite different from shy. One can overcome shyness, but a person cannot suddenly become an introvert or extrovert overnight. The factors of making a person an introvert and extrovert are both internal and external, with external influences magnified what’s already internal.

I’m picking apart words because the title of this show is also called My Shy Boss, but when you look at the Korean title, 내성적인 is translated from the word introverted, so while the alternative title is less challenging for people whose first language is not English, there’s a loss of flavor with that particular translation. Ok, I’m done with my take on the title.

I’ve been watching fewer Korean dramas in recent years because I’m more strapped for time with my current commitments, so I tend to choose carefully what to watch and tend to not start watching when the premise is not interesting. Honestly, Protect the Boss had a similar premise where the male lead was a beta male learning to step up to become an alpha male, but there are some differences

  • Different backstory of female lead
  • Larger ensemble with richer stories for secondary characters
  • Less likeable second male lead
  • Yeon Woo Jin is the boss this time

Yeon Woo Jin has caught my attention since Arang and the Magistrate. There is something about him that attracts my eyes. He definitely hit the ball out of the park with his introvert interpretation of the boss. I look forward to having him as one of the A-list Korean actors along the lines of Gong Yoo.

I hope I have time to update this when I’m done watching this drama.

Update: I wish to join the rest of K Drama community and say, Le sigh. This drama has so much promise, especially the premise of an introvert coming out of his shell. There were wonderful signs of that, but there are so many good plot devices going to waste, the writers and editing board decided to rearrange a few things, which really killed the show’s mojo. We can only wonder what happened before the fateful rewrite.